In the 1920s, more and more women started photographing and filming the world. The filmmaker came across such amateur footage in film archives and other collections. In these early travelogues, women travel to India and Ecuador, film their vacations or take the camera with them on work trips. To what extent does their gaze differ from that of men? “These women documented the world and thus also documented their personal standpoint, which was still that of an outsider. The films make a claim for the right to public space as an outsider.” (Courtney Stephens). TERRA FEMME is screened as a live performance: in similar fashion to the historical screenings of the travelogues, the filmmaker speaks the text for her film live in the auditorium. (hb)
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